Kent edge thriller

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Gary Keedy

Gary Keedy's four wickets could not prevent a narrow Kent win

Lancashire suffered their first Liverpool Victoria County Championship defeat of the season as Kent held on to secure a two-wicket win in a thrilling Division One fixture at Canterbury.

England stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff again found himself under the spotlight as he suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury.

Kent’s victory takes them up to third in Division One, though they came close to throwing it away, having been 102 for one at lunch chasing a target of 215.

The hosts had to rely on Min Patel (16 not out) and Amjad Khan (19no) to see them through in a tense finish after slipping to 179 for eight.

Lancashire slow left-armer Gary Keedy was the tormentor-in-chief for the Kent batsmen on the final day, taking 4-61 from 26.5 teasing overs.

Martin van Jaarsveld (59), who batted so well during the morning session, started the rot for Kent when he pulled recklessly to deep square-leg off the bowling of Dominic Cork.

Middlesex require 421 from a minimum of 96 overs to beat Sussex on the final day at Southgate, after the two sides colluded to make a game of a Division One clash that was heading towards stalemate.

Declaration bowling by the hosts allowed Murray Goodwin to score a century off just 32 balls as Sussex declared on 379 for three from 56.5 overs, a lead of 420.

Goodwin eventually made 156 from just 50 balls, with 19 fours and 11 sixes.

Yorkshire wrapped up a comfortable victory over Warwickshire in their Second Division encounter at Scarborough, winning by an innings and 96 runs.

Warwickshire’s chances of staving off defeat were dented by the dismissal of Jonathan Trott to the last ball before lunch, as they looked to improve on a first-innings total of 201.

Opener Ian Westwood (80) followed after lunch, lbw to Adil Rashid.

Nick Knight carried the fight to Yorkshire but his dismissal for 58 left his side fighting a lost cause.

Eighteen-year-old Rashid, the first Yorkshire-born Asian to make his debut for his county in a Championship fixture, could hardly have made a more auspicious start, taking 6-67 with his leg-breaks.

Essex reached 452 for nine in reply to Glamorgan’s 474 on the third day at Chelmsford.

Captain Ronnie Irani’s 145 included 17 fours and a six - while Grant Flower (101) also made a century.

Jon Lewis clambered to the top of the first-class wicket-taking list as Gloucestershire put the squeeze on Worcestershire at New Road.

The England seamer took 4-72, reaching taking his tally for the season to 54.

But as Lewis tired and the pitch eased after assisting the new ball, the home side recovered from 47 for six to close on 169 for nine, a lead of 164.

The Guildford pitch left a result unlikely as Surrey reached 632 for six in their first innings, replying to Somerset’s 688 for eight declared.

The home side had Rikki Clarke unbeaten on 165 with 22 fours and three sixes at the close. Earlier, former England batsman Mark Ramprakash hit 167.

Michael Di Venuto scored an unbeaten 131 as Derbyshire tried to set Leicestershire some sort of target at Grace Road.

The visitors led by 73 runs, having reached 202 for one by stumps after Leicestershire’s 515.